The Holidays Never End: Celebrate What You Really Enjoy On Melrose With These Weird Holidays In January

The Holidays Never End: Celebrate What You Really Enjoy On Melrose With These Weird Holidays In January

Just when you thought you could take a breather from holidays, a new year starts with a fresh batch of holidays. The good news is: these holidays are weird AND stress-free. Better yet, if you want to celebrate any and all, you can do it on Melrose. So let’s kick off 2018 with some wacky ways to celebrate the days.

CELEBRATE LIFE MONTH

With all the amazing denizens of Melrose, there’s no one way to enjoy life here. Excellent restaurants representing food from all over the world prepared by incredible chefs, bars that serve traditional favorites and progressive creations, world-class entertainment, butt-kicking fitness centers, and places to buy beautiful, wild, unique, handcrafted goodies off all kinds: that’s how Melrose celebrates life every month.

MELROSE
22 blocks from Highland to Fairfax
www.melroseavela.com

GET A BALANCED LIFE MONTH

 While you’re out there enjoying life this month, don’t forget to find some balance. Literally and figuratively, pilates is a great practice to get and keep your sh#t together. Claudia Martin’s studio is a great place to practice. It takes a lot of focus, technique, and consistency to rock a pilates practice, and the results include improved balance, muscle conditioning, and greater discipline.

CLAUDIA MARTIN STUDIO
7603 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
310.430.8592
www.claudiamartinstudio.com 

SOUP MONTH

On a brisk winter day, a bowl of hot homemade soup is just what the doctor would order. And the doctor would prescribe a visit to Blu Jam for one of its delicious creations. The traditional hearty split pea and mushroom vegetable soups are offered every day. Both are vegan, gluten free, and thick with fresh garden vegetables and herbs. 

BLU JAM
7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90048
323.951.9191
www.blujamecafe.com

CLEAN UP YOUR COMPUTER MONTH

 Can you drink an entire cup of coffee before your computer is fully booted? Is your iPhone a frustrating trainwreck of storage problems and crashing apps? DO YOU EVEN HAVE A BACK-UP?! Well, let January be your motivation to have a pleasing device experience by bringing your tech piece to Melrose MAC for a spa day. The experts here will return your lifeline looking and running smoothly.

MELROSE MAC
6614 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
323.937.4600
www.melroseinc.com

INTERNATIONAL BRAIN TEASER MONTH

We make new year’s resolutions that focus on getting our bodies in shape. How many of us think about fit brains? Playing games, working puzzles, and challenging our gray matter can make us stronger in the head. Puzzle Zoo has some classic teasers like the best-selling Rubik’s Cube, cool puzzles like the 1000-piece tarot-themed from Ravensburger, and The Beetle Bug (Go ahead. Try to remove that handle.).

PUZZLE ZOO
7553 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.782.1020
www.puzzlezoo.com

PHARMACIST’S DAY – JANUARY 12

So maybe this expands the traditional definition of “pharmacist” but hey, that’s what Melrose is about! And natural meds are still meds and someone has to dispense them. You want the best, most educated, and most thoughtful direction about your weed need, so KTown is the place to go. One of the OG licensed dispensaries, it carries an incredible selection of products and equipment in a safe, comfortable environment.

KOREATOWN COLLECTIVE
7382 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.951.9513
www.ktowncollective.com

DRESS UP YOUR PET DAY – JANUARY 14

 If you’re on Melrose buying a bunch of cute clubwear or kicks or jeans and your dog is walking around naked, that’s not fair. And at least on this day, your pup deserves a little something special. And what’s sweeter than a doggie in an outfit? (Basically nothing.) Orange Bone has everything from statement tees to costumes, including accessories to let your dog’s special personality shine.

ORANGE BONE
7574 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.852.1258
www.orangebone.com

HAT DAY – JANUARY 15

You (and your head) are SO covered for Hat Day. Make a statement, finish an outfit, honor the past, or just keep your noggin warm. Whatever the purpose, there’s a hat for it, and a spectacular hat at that in Goorin Bros. Straw fedora, wool fedora (with a fabulous feather), linen duckbill, or a simple but impeccable cotton ball cap are just a few of the classic selections in the delightfully vintage-inspired store.

GOORIN BROS.
7627 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.951.0393
www.goorin.com

BELLY LAUGH DAY – JANUARY 24

What the world needs now is laughs, sweet laughs. Thankfully, Melrose is home to one of the funniest places on the planet, The Groundlings Theatre. One of L.A.’s longest-running improv shows, The Crazy Uncle Joe Show, is playing on Belly Laugh Day. But keep the guffaws going all week with main stage shows, topical one-offs, the Sunday shows, and the all-skate Cookin’ with Gas on Thursdays.

GROUNDLINGS
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.934.4747
www.groundlings.com

CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY – JANUARY 27

Every month offers a new reason to celebrate the miracle of chocolate. This month is no exception, waiting until the end so we have time to work off the holiday chocolate. Paired with a wine from its incredible list, Vinoteque’s molten chocolate cake is the most delicious way to celebrate. That total chocolate indulgence is enhanced by fresh berries and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

VINOTEQUE
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
310.860.6060
www.vinotequeonmelrose.com

 

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.